Issues Painting Motivation


Issues Painting Motivation Notes

One is the issues we have when we feel our work is poor and in need of a new approach. There are many reasons this may happen, including a lack of growth and study, the rut one can get into when they paint with the same palette, medium, size and approach. Business practices can effect your painting technique and your motivation.

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One artist may be sick of doing outdoor festivals and wants to take some time off to explore other markets. Another may be interested in teaching methods to change their income stream.

Don’t leave out emotional issues that we all have in our lives, having nothing to do with art. That has to affect our motivation for painting.

Then there are the issues of depression that we have to fight when sales are poor. That does not affect hobbyists or semi-pros very much but for us who have to make our living from art, it can mean a serious lack of motivation. The painting start stacking up in the studio and that is difficult.

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All of the above reasons and others can slow down your urge to paint. The way pros handle it is to simply continue to paint whatever happens, because we have been around long enough to know that art is about good and bad times, very similar to the stock market. We know that we must be ready should opportunities arise and we find ways to renew our interest and spirit.

I can’t speak for others, but for myself, it is a matter of discipline. I’m going to paint whether I want to or not. I also create new areas of study for myself, which motivates me to learn and stretch. I change palettes and mediums frequently, which always stimulates my interest. I change formats and sizes. I paint on location when the studio work starts to lose focus, and paint in studio when plein air gets old. This old dog learns new tricks.

Letting issues stop your career is a bad habit to get into. There are always a million reasons to stay out of the studio, but remember, this is your job. You willingly selected this profession. Don’t treat it like a hobby.

More musings for artists and collectors to come……

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2 thoughts on “Issues Painting Motivation

  1. Thanks for the upbeat message. This couldn’t have come at a better time. I feel this way now and wonder why, but you have put it in a nutshell.
    Thanks Linda

  2. Polly,
    Thanks for this comment. I have survived a long career by being ready for good and bad times and good and bad paintings. I threw one on the burn pile just the other day. it wasn’t worth saving.

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